The Federal Government on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Japanese Government for
The signing of the MOU is an important mile stone for the country. It will help us to ensure the availability of vaccines and timely delivery.
"It is my hope that with the loan, polio will be interrupted this year", Chukwu said.
"The loan will be provide financial stability to the programme by fully funding oral polio vaccine for about 18 months from the time it is executed."
Mandara gave kudos to religious and traditional leaders for the crucial part they played in polio eradication.
She said the foundation would repay the loan to the Japanese government with the principal and interest after would it would have executed the project.
The loan is also intended to be a useful tool for the Federal Government to help improve immunisation coverage rates in areas that need additional support to stop transmission.
Shoji said the Government of
He said the loan of
"The loan will be utilised for procurement of polio vaccines for children under five years of age", Shoji said.
He held that polio eradication in the country would benefit other countries "because as long as a single child remained infected, children in all countries were at risk of polio.
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